Police say he killed the Curriers. Now, in newly released audio Israel Keyes is heard saying he wanted to die.
The Alaska Dispatch newspaper went to court to get the tapes. Four months after Keyes killed himself in prison, Alaska authorities have released 12 audio recordings covering hours of his conversations with federal prosecutors.
In the interviews you can hear Keyes confess to the murders of Bill and Lorraine Currier. He also revealed he'd been to our region before to rob a bank in Tupper Lake and bury his kill kit in Burlington; murder tools he would later use to kidnap and kill the Essex couple in 2011.
"I had two guns with me when I took them but I was never planning to use the guns. Things kind of got out of hand at the house and I kinda lost my temper," Keyes is heard saying.
Keyes went on to tell investigators he chose to kill the couple in an abandoned farmhouse off Route 15 because it appeared that no one cared for the property. He said he wanted to torch it the night of the murders, but he ran out of time. He didn't plan on it being torn down months later or that Vermont authorities would go to such lengths to find the couples' remains, searching the landfill in Coventry.
"That's a lot of trouble to go to. I almost feel guilty-- costing the taxpayers a lot of money. If I'd just kept my mouth shut," Keyes said.
Keyes blamed the FBI for failing to control the Vermont investigation.
"I told you that I didn't want the locals involved and the first thing you do is make a big scene and do a big freaking archeological dig right alongside a main road," said Keyes.
Throughout hours of negotiations it became clear that one thing could keep the serial killer talking about his other crimes: a speedy execution date, giving them a one-year deadline for his daughter's sake.
"She's in a safe place now. She's not going to see any of this. I want her to have a chance to grow up and not have all this hanging over her head," Keyes said.
Authorities released recordings up until July 26. They say they withheld conversations since then because they contain details that could hurt their ongoing work to locate other Keyes victims.